Consider this assertion, “A leader’s job is to persuade, and stories persuade more effectively than reports, studies, statistics, or presentations.” As a leader, what are the stories you are telling to transform achievement and equity in your school communities? Traversing experiences from the classroom to the Boardroom, I always found myself referring back to the story. So, what goes into a good story and how can you use data to appeal to both the heart and mind? What is your role as a storyteller?
As we explore storytelling, I am drawn to contributor Brent Dykes’s article for Forbes magazine, in which he went so far as to boldly announce the headline Why Datastorytellers will Define the Next Decade of Data. Little did we know that shortly after the release of this article, things would also boldly change, and so too would our stories. How we teach, the ways that we need to see our data, and the stories of racial inequities were brought into new learning settings, stakeholder groups, and media outlets. In these contexts, we find ourselves redefining ourselves, our community, and our vision of the future. So how do we tell these new stories of our system?
Data storytelling is about:
Each data point is a character in a story - a protagonist - with its own story to tell.
Data storytelling is not simply data visualization, analytics reporting, or a handful of statistics, charts, and graphs. Data storytelling is the blending of two worlds: hard data and human communication. A narrative anchored by compelling data.Let’s look at some examples of how data storytelling might be used for K-12 organizations. Notice that each example requires narrative to explain what was done and data to show the results before and after the actions were taken.
Each example utilized both data and narrative to enhance human communication and understanding. Together they explain what has happened or what needs to be done to reach a milestone, goal, or tell YOUR compelling story. K12360 is a trusted partner in helping you tell your data story. YOU give your story the voice!
To learn more about this, read the article and presentation with Tech and Learning:Digital Storytelling in Enterprise Reporting and Actionable Equity